Under the Umbrella: How Domestic Violence Affects Children

Training: How Domestic Violence Affects ChildrenCases of domestic violence have been at the forefront of news lately. A lot of
attention has been given to the situation involving football star Ray Rice, but the truth is that domestic violence is prevalent in every community. It is believed that more than three million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year. These children are not only at greater risk for abuse, neglect, and health problems like headaches and stomachaches; the effects of domestic violence can also affect children later in life. As adults, individuals who witnessed domestic violence as children are:
  • Six times more likely to commit suicide
  • 50 times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol
  • 74 times more likely to commit violent crimes against another
There is no doubt that exposure to domestic violence can have a drastic effect on children. The question that many of us want to know is – what can I do about this? Keep in mind that most children are resilient IF they are given proper help and support following traumatic events like domestic violence. This support is often best provided by the child’s family, but even a brief relationship with one caring adult can make a difference. That person may be the child’s teacher, day care provider, neighbor, social worker, or even YOU!
Having a positive caring adult in their lives can make all the difference for a child affected by domestic violence. Of course, some children need or would benefit from additional services or support. Many shelters and domestic violence organizations offer support groups for youth. These groups can provide children with coping strategies and help them see that they are not alone.
If domestic violence is affecting you or someone you know, reach out for help. You can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or Safe Horizon’s hotline at 800-621-HOPE (4673).
We also invite you to attend our upcoming training, How Domestic Violence Affects Children, on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. You can attend in person at our office in Milwaukee or from anywhere via webinar. Click the link above to learn more about this event and register online.
Please keep in mind that we are here to support you and your family. Reach out anytime – our Resource Specialists are here to help.
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